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Speaking on the F1 Nation podcast, the 1996 world champion said: “I wonder whether there’s something about that nature of Formula 1 these days which is helping a younger generation of drivers, because I think they’ve been used to playing computer games. And I think there’s something about the way the cars can be driven. Using different parts of the brain. It’s more to do with the signals they’re getting are more eye to hand, rather than through the seat of their pants, they’re able to respond to what they’re seeing.”
Codemasters has added VR compatibility to the PC version of F1 22. “No VR, No Buy” has been the rallying cry of many sim racing fans when it comes to any racing title. This is the first F1 game to support VR but Codemasters has a history of VR-compatible titles, including Project Cars, the Dirt Rally series, and Toybox Turbos. F1 2020 and F1 2021 were also produced by the Codemasters team based in the United Kingdom.
“We’ve seen some sim racers transfer into real race cars, and actually show promise and talent and skill. I don’t disregard them like they are just kind of couch potatoes playing at home. I think there’s definitely some real skill and effort put into it. So I certainly respect it and I’ll be honest, it has surprised me how good they can be. But the big question is the fear. Can they put the fear aside and know that, OK will that wall hurt or whatever? But from a skill point of view, it’s pretty impressive.”
In sim racing, the word “retirement” has a different meaning than it has in real life. Because so many of sim racings top drivers are still in high school or college, their retirement from the competition is usually simply a step towards adulthood. Another competitor Nathan Lyon, a former Roush Fenway Racing eNASCAR driver, retired at the end of last season to pursue further schooling and prepare for a more traditional career.
Every decade, Porsche drivers make history. Now Porsche welcomes the new Porsche Works Drivers as they write the next chapter of our motorsport legacy. The team itself has been given a new name – the Porsche Coanda eSports Racing Team. The lineup has collected wins and championships at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, VRS GT iRacing World Championship, Porsche eSports Supercup, and eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series.
Sim Racing is about constantly improving. It’s about controlling your car and taking into account a lot of parameters that you are not thinking about in an arcade racing game, like how much heat/wear you are putting into your tires, racing clean, and not taking dumb risks that will cost you the race.
“To finish first, first you must finish” – Michael Schumacher
In both SimRacing and real-world motorsports, unpredictable weather is a huge factor to wheel to wheel fun! There is no set date for the introduction of wet weather racing but based on development cycle estimates, the update could be ready to launch this summer in 2022. The anticipation of rain in iRacing spurred a bunch of adjustments to the track model all the way back in 2019. This means that wet weather racing development could actually have been started all the way back in 2018.
The approach to driver development is a major difference between sim and real-world racers. This article focuses on how sim racers can learn from real-world racers about driver development, and about how to practice. In other words, how to improve more, in less time.
In an interview with ex-F1 driver David Coulthard for CarNext.com, newly crowned Formula One World Champion Max Verstappen mentioned his fondness for sim racing. During the conversation, Coulthard asks Verstappen about how he copes with the pressures of an F1 race weekend, and what hobbies he enjoys away from the track. Verstappen responds instantly with “Sim racing!”
Almost every detachable sim racing rim and consumer wheel has paddle shifters, but when it comes to tricking your brain into thinking you’re actually in a car, standalone USB shifters add immersion. Nothing connects you to your sim like an H pattern shifter with a...
What Sim Racer Academy members are saying…
“A little something for everyone.” How many times have you heard that and wondered, maybe they meant “everyone else”? Sim Racing Academy (SRA) actually has this. In many sim racing subscriptions, you either have a few videos trying to point you to buying time with instructors, or a bunch of videos but if you didn’t understand them – too bad.
SRA seems to not only have instructional videos for just about anything you can think of, but also practice drills to break them down and help you make them second nature to your driving. Ross provides personal experiences and insights that go well beyond the basic techniques. You can then test your skills in practice sessions hosted formally by the academy, or informally by members, to run through exercises and discuss the techniques. These are supported by Chalktalks where Ross highlights a particular discipline and encourages you to engage with questions so that the technique can be broken down and explained thoroughly. You are then supported offline through forums and discussion with Ross, SRA staff, and other members on Discord to cover the latest or bring up your own. If there’s something you’re just not getting, you can arrange time for a one-on-one with SRA staff to sort out the challenge.
Rather than a little, it’s quite a LOT of something, and truly for everyone. The material goes well beyond a few videos of hot laps and “git gud” sound bites. It is presented by someone who not only understands racing, but can also explain it to beginners and aliens alike. Join the community, learn the speed secrets.
Having been a motorsports fan for many years, it was only at the start of 2020 that I first took up sim racing. It quickly became apparent that my perceived skill level was a long way off my actual skill level. After months and months of roaming the internet and soaking up all I could find in relation to performance and race driving, my times on the virtual track slowly began to improve. However, this progression quickly plateaued, and I was on the verge of throwing the towel in and conceding that I was much better off sticking to being a spectator.
Then I discovered the Speed Secrets Sim Racer Academy (SRA) from listening to Ross Bentley’s Speed Secrets podcast, in which he and his team discussed the launch of the SRA. After looking it over and joining up for a monthly subscription that costs less than that of an iRacing subscription, my sim racing journey took off. I found that all the information on the theory of race driving was presented and explained to make it extremely easy to understand and take in, along with accompanying videos that demonstrate the various techniques and theory clearly and concisely. Not only this, but the access to some of the best coaches around the world, and Ross Bentley, himself is invaluable in terms of learning and understanding.
My times and racecraft really started to accelerate, though, through the weekly training sessions that the SRA team held. In these sessions, I got direct coaching from the SRA team on what I was doing well and, most importantly, the areas I needed to improve on and how to do it. This, coupled with the SRA community also, which has a depth of people ranging from complete novices to some of the best/most experienced sim racers and real-life racers out there, gave me the tools I needed to make real progress. I can safely and honestly say that within the six months I have been an SRA member, my times and racecraft have improved 5x as much as they had done the previous 18 months of trying to figure it out myself. I find that I now have the confidence to enter into leagues and be competitive, whereas before, I was worried about having to move out of the way every five laps due to being blue flagged (lapped).
I honestly have a lot to thank the SRA, its team, and community members for in terms of it really helping me understand and progress forward as a sim racer and giving me the confidence that I can continue to improve and eventually start winning races. What the SRA and its community offer is a one-stop-shop for everything relating to sim racing, whether that be the practice sessions with some of the best coaches around, theory on racing and car dynamics, sim racing kit and equipment knowledge, and the opportunity to speak and make friends with like-minded individuals all over the world. All this for a heck of a lot less than what it costs for a 40-minute private session from many of the other sim coaching platforms out there. I truly do owe the vast majority of my progression to the SRA, and I genuinely look forward to seeing where I will progress within the next six months.